A Webster Parish man who took his thieving ways to Shreveport was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison at hard labor by Caddo Parish District Court Judge Roy Brun.
Edgar C. Brooks, 46, of Winwood Drive in Sibley, entered a guilty plea for two counts of simple burglary in district court.
Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton said “Brooks” is a household name around his department.
“We’ve been dealing with him for a long time,” Sexton said. “I hope he has a long time in prison to think about all the people who worked hard for what they had, and then he stole it from them.”
In March of this year, an unidentifed resident of the Broadmoor area of Shreveport returned to his home to find a suspicious vehicle in his driveway.
The victim reportedly entered his home and was confronted by a male suspect, who was later identified as Brooks.
When he saw the victim, Brooks reportedly ran from the house, got into the vehicle in the driveway and fled the scene of the crime. The victim was not injured.
Webster Parish Sheriff’s Capt. Dustin Reynolds attributed a sharp eye and keen memory by the victim as key in Brooks’ apprehension.
“The victim discovered the burglar at his home and was smart enough to get the license plate number and gave a very detailed, good description of the suspect,” Reynolds said. “His description of the vehicle was make and color all the way down to the tree air freshener hanging from the rearview mirror. It doesn’t get any better, as far as description, from what this victim provided.”
Shreveport police ran the plate, and it came back to Brooks’ Sibley address.
“They called me, and we ran the plate,” Reynolds said. “It came back to Brooks’ wife.”
Reynolds said he and WPSO detective Tommy Kemp, Jr. went to the Sibley apartments and waited for Brooks to return home.
“He did shortly after noon,” Reynolds said. “We made contact with him and took pictures of the car and of him and sent them to SPD detectives. The victim identified Brooks from the pictures.”
Reynolds and Kemp reportedly recovered several gold and silver chains and necklaces from Brooks’ pocket, along with a light gray hoodie the victim described the suspect as wearing.
“Brooks was also wearing rectangular-shaped glass, which the victim had described,” Reynolds said.
Kemp and Reynolds took Brooks to the Webster Parish Courthouse where they attempted to conduct an interview.
“He told us at the scene that he hadn’t left the apartment all day long, however, we saw him pull in, and his wife said when she got up that morning, he was gone in her car,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds said Brooks has a lengthy criminal history with prior arrests on burglary charges.
“My investigators worked long, hard hours on this,” Sexton said. “They did a really good job, and I’m proud of them and proud that Brooks is going away for a long time.”